BIRKE VAN MAARTENS
Always following an interdisciplinary approach, Birke van Maartens studied music from her early childhood on and then arts and design at the ABKM Academy of Fine Arts Maastricht, at the Dutch State University Hogeschool ZUYD. She then completed the Program Dance Pedagogical Competence of the educational institution SENECA Intensiv in Berlin and attended the Danceworks Academy for Contemporary Dance Berlin, Germany, where she broadened her knowledge in contemporary and modern dance during a three-year course of study. From there on she continued her studies in dance and choreography at SEAD - Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance.
As a co-founder of the Chigal Collective, she has been one of the organizers of the annual cultural Chigal Festival established in 2017 – performing, designing stage sets, costumes, and teaching in workshops.
In 2021 She created "AI FOREST" an 80sqm immersive installation/ narrative space in collaboration with LIT - Linz Institute of Technology and Sound-Artist Kenji Tanaka for ARS Electronica Festival 2021 in Linz, Austria. "AI FOREST" has been funded by the State of Upper Austria and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research via the LIT – Linz Institute of Technology
Besides being a passionate artist, she is working as a writer for numerous magazines on arts, music, design, politics, and social matters, since publishing her first articles on STYLEMAG.NET by "Style and the Family Tunes" – the first post-soviet independent lifestyle magazine to be published in Germany after the Berlin Wall came down in 1989.